Redbreast (whiskey)

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Type Irish Whiskey, Single pot still whiskey
Manufacturer Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard)
Country of origin Cork, Ireland
Introduced 1903
Proof 80 / 92
Variants Aged 12 years, Aged 15 years

Redbreast is a brand of single pot still type Irish Whiskey. There are currently four expressions available; Redbreast 12 year, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, Redbreast 15 and the newest addition, Redbreast 21. Redbreast comes in a green bottle, and the 12 year old is 40.0% ABV (80 proof) – whereas the 15 year old is at 46% ABV and is non-chill filtered. It is produced at the New Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.[1] In 2010, the Redbreast 12-year variation was proclaimed Irish Whiskey of the Year by whiskey writer, Jim Murray, and was also nominated as #1 buy in John Hansell's Buyer's Guide, which gave it a rating score of 96 points.

Single pot still whiskey[edit]

Redbreast is one of the few single pot still whiskey brands produced today (along with Irish Distillers' Green Spot), and is the only one with an age statement. Note that all single malts are also purely from a pot still, but single pot still whiskeys use partially unmalted barley, so they cannot be technically called a single malt. Also, single malt whiskeys were generally distilled twice, whereas single pot still whiskeys were generally distilled three times.[2]


  1. ^ "Whiskies of the World: Redbreast 12 Years Old". Whisky Magazine. 
  2. ^ Strengell, Teemu. "Triple distillation in Scotland". Whisky Science blog. Blogspot. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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